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Stop the World: I Want to Get Off (1966)

The show, set against a circus backdrop, focuses on Littlechap from the moment of his birth until his death. Each time something unsatisfactory happens, he calls out 'Stop the world!' and addresses the audience.


Philip Saville


Leslie Bricusse (book), Anthony Newley (book) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Tanner Tony Tanner ... Little Chap
Millicent Martin ... Evie / Anya / Ara / Ginnie
Leila Croft Leila Croft ... Susan
Valerie Croft Valerie Croft ... Jane
Neil Hawley Neil Hawley ... Little Little Chap
Graham Lyons Graham Lyons ... Father-in-Law
Georgina Allen Georgina Allen ... Dancer / Singer
Natasha Ashton Natasha Ashton ... Dancer / Singer
Sandra Burville Sandra Burville ... Dancer / Singer
Carlotta Barrow Carlotta Barrow ... Dancer / Singer
Vivyen Dunbar Vivyen Dunbar ... Dancer / Singer
Katherina Holden Katherina Holden ... Dancer / Singer (as Katerina Holden)
Margaret Frost Margaret Frost ... Dancer / Singer
Ann Holloway Ann Holloway ... Dancer / Singer
Liz Gold Liz Gold ... Dancer / Singer


The lead in a British semi-improvisational musical theater troupe introduces the troupe's featured players - his wife, two adult daughters and adolescent son - as they rehearse for their next performance. That performance tells the story of Little Chap, a working class stiff, who marries the boss' daughter Evie because she is pregnant. He wouldn't have married her otherwise. As Evie is the boss' daughter, Little Chap, over the course of thirty-five years, is given opportunity after opportunity to enhance his professional life by his new father-in-law. In turn, Little Chap, being opportunistic, builds upon those experiences to try and be fulfilled both professionally and personally, rarely taking Evie and his burgeoning family into consideration despite the fact that they love him. At the end of those thirty-five years, he comes to an understanding of who he is and why he made the decisions in his life that he did. Written by Huggo

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EVERYBODY'S SEEING IT...Here's Why....It's Another Delightful Entertainment Innovation from Warner Bros. An Actual Performance With All the Great Songs and Fun That Thrilled London and New York for Years. A Once-in-a-Lifetime Broadway Musical in Your Own Movie Theatre!! See more »




Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Stop the World - I Want to Get Off" opened at the Shubert Theatre in New York City on October 3, 1962, and ran for 555 performances; and it was nominated for 1963 Tony Awards for Outstanding Musical, Distinguished Musical Actor, Best Composer and Lyricist, and Best Author (Musical). See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Gaos (1991) See more »


Family Fugue/Nag Nag Nag
Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by Millicent Martin and Tony Tanner and Chorus
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A Great Musical
22 October 2007 | by joe dSee all my reviews

My wife and I put on our old VHS copy the other night (having not seen it for many years) and once more became totally absorbed in the production and Tony Tanner's performance. Some have called it outdated but it's pure theater with a theater-type experience as best as could be reproduced on screen. "World's" brilliance is that it's simple story combined with a magnificent score can hold audience captivated, no small achievement considering it is done in mime and soliloquy and performed within the confines of a small circular one-ring circus-type stage with no elaborate settings.

Just magnificent, not matter what generation.

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Release Date:

25 April 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

地球を止めろ 俺は降りたい See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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